James Hand

Wood River | Sunday, December 25 2022 |

James Henry Hand passed away Sunday, December 25, 2022, at 1:12 p.m. at Autumn Meadows Nursing home in Cahokia, IL.  He was born January 15, 1943, in Alton, IL, the son of Donald E. Hand and Emma Marie (Peterson) Hand.  James was a veteran of the U.S. Army for three years and the U.S. Marine Corps for four years, honorably discharged.  He was a member of the International Union of Operating Engineers for several years doing road work.  He was a loyal member of the V.F.W. Post and a member of the American Legion in Wood River, IL.  Surviving is a sister, Carol Williams (Kenny) of Alton, and a brother, Allen “Micky” Hand (Rena) of Medera, CA.  He had three stepchildren, Alan E. Loyd of Odin, IL, Peggy S. Erles (David) of Centralia, IL, Laura J. Mathis (Jack) of Centralia, IL, four step-grandchildren, and one great-grandchild, as well as many nieces and nephews.  Preceding him in death were three sisters, Linda Madison, Jane Baker, and Melody Myers, and his former wife, Shirly Joyce Hand.  James enjoyed fishing, music and collecting stamps, and spending time with friends and family.  Per his request, cremation rights were honored.  Graveside services will be at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, January 11, 2023, at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in St. Louis, MO with full military honors.  Memorials may be made to the Madison County Humane Society.  Gent Funeral Home in Alton is in charge of arrangements.  Online guestbook and information may be found at

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